Joey Terdoslavich had just moved from right field to first base in the bottom of the seventh inning of the Braves’ Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals on Saturday afternoon. The Cardinals quickly put two runners on base with back-to-back singles from Yadier Molina and Jhonny Peralta, putting runners on first and third. Dean Anna came in to pinch-run for Peralta while Kolten Wong came to the plate.
Wong, even in the count 2-2, weakly hit a Sugar Ray Marimon breaking ball to Terdoslavich at first base. Molina had gone too far past the third base bag and Terdoslavich charged. He tagged Molina and adroitly noticed Anna trying to dive into the third base bag just ahead of him. Terdoslavich dove and tagged out Anna for an easy double-play at third base… from first base.
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The Braves ended up losing 1-0 as they couldn’t get anything going against Adam Wainwright for four innings nor Carlos Martinez for three. Carlos Villanueva and Kevin Siegrist polished off the final two innings for the win.
PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.
The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.
Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.
The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.
Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.
Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.
In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.
Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.
With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.